The Premier League can be a cruel place for struggling managers and the next to get sacked is a great market to get in on early with some interesting prices!
The Premier League season is well underway and some of the managers are under extreme pressure. Owners of Premier League clubs aren’t renowned for being the most patient and if a team isn’t doing well, they will make changes.
Last season, there were four sackings in total. Slaven Bilic was the first of which to lose his job at West Brom, on December 16th. West Brom were struggling, but the change would make not a lot of difference as they would go on to be relegated anyway!
This season EIGHT managers have lost their jobs already and they include:
- Xisco Munoz (Watford) – October 3rd 2021
- Steve Bruce (Newcastle) – October 20th 2021
- Nuno Espirito Santo (Tottenham Hotspurs) – November 1st 2021
- Daniel Farke (Norwich City) – November 6th 2021
- Dean Smith (Aston Villa) – November 7th 2021
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) – November 21st 2021
- Rafa Benitez (Everton) – January 16th 2022
- Claudio Ranieri (Watford) – January 24th 2022
Watford are already on their third manager this season with Roy Hodgson stepping in as the club’s newest manager. Will he have better success than either Xisco Munoz or Claudio Ranieri? Or will he too be shown the door before the end of the season?
Sacking managers is an expensive task and clubs need to be sure things need to change before, or that they don’t have a long contract left and sacking them won’t break the bank! Hopefully, none will be handed as badly as Brighton when they sacked Gus Poyet!
Premier League Sack Race 2021/22 Odds (Betfair)
Interestingly enough the option with the lowest odds available in the ‘Next English Premier League Manager To Leave Their Club‘ market is…
No Manager To Leave – 3/1
Have the powers that be in the Premier League realised that sometimes it is not the Manager’s fault?
Will the managers now be given more than a few months to turn around the fortunes of their respective clubs?
If you don’t think any more Premier League managers will get the sack then 3/1 are decent odds.
Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 4/1
In the job since 2012, Sean Dyche is the longest Premier League coach in charge. He signed a new contract with Burnley in September 2021 that should have him in place until 2025.
But we all know how fickle football is and with Burnley languishing at the bottom of the table Dyche could be out in favour of fresh blood that could reinvigorate the team.
Eddie Howe (Newcastle United) – 5/1
Currently in a relegation hotspot, Eddie Howe is going to have to work some serious magic to keep the Magpies in the Premier League for next season.
His only saving grace may be the January transfer window. If he buys well more points could come Newcastle’s way, keeping them up by the end of the season.
Antonio Conte (Tottenham Hotspurs) – 7/1
Spurs are always hovering around the top of the table, knocking on the door of qualification for the Champions League.
However, a recent lack of consistency means they have won as many as they have lost or drawn and the opportunity to grab vital points has been missed on occasion.
Roy Hodgson (Watford) – 9/1
Would it come as any surprise if Watford sacked their third manager of the season? Second from the bottom, Hodgson was drafted to replace Ranieri but with barely four months until the end of the season, he is fighting an uphill battle.
What tricks does Hodgson have up his sleeve and can he rescue Watford from relegation?